Isaac Toups is the Chef/Owner of Toups Meatery in NewOrleans. Born and raised in Rayne, Louisiana – the heart of Cajun country – Toups is known for his “born and braised” culinary style. His unique combination of childhood roots, heavily influenced by both grandmothers, along with honing his skills in some of New Orleans’ most acclaimed restaurants – including a decade of fine dining experience in Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans kitchens – gives Chef Isaac Toups a cutting-edge style that is unrivalled.
Four-time finalist for James Beard’s “Best Chef: South”, BravoTV’s “Top Chef” season 13 “Fan Favourite”, and author of The New YorkTimes’ “Best Cookbooks of Fall” - Chasing the Gator: Isaac Toups & the New Cajun Cooking, Chef Isaac Toups exemplifies the new guard of Cajun chefs. He is also the recipient of the Avenue Magazine “Activist of the Year 2022” award and the 2022 Calvin Johnson Food Justice AdvocateAward.